For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
—Romans 12:4-5 (NIV)
I thought you might be interested to know that while we are all mostly sheltering at home, church work is proceeding apace behind the scenes. Linda and Lauren continue to work in the offices, keeping our administration up to date and responding to the food pantry needs for those who come by. Sokhom and Larry have been working on the upstairs classrooms. Kelda is staying in touch with our children. Adam and Lauren are bringing us uplifting music. Barbara is making lots of pastoral contacts, and I have been working to live stream services and generally stay in touch. All of us together bring you greetings and best wishes for your health and sanity in the midst of these crazy times, and we’re all looking forward to that not too distant future in which we can gather again in person as a faith community.
While we’re away, work is also proceeding on the repairs of our stained-glass windows. I snapped the above photo last Sunday after I finished broadcasting our morning service. Many thanks to our board of Trustees for stewarding this project, as well as staying in touch with our financial needs and investments. As you all know, the markets have been on a roller coaster lately. But in the midst of it all, our Trustees and Asset Managers continue to practice strong and careful financial leadership. Their work doesn’t make the headlines very often, but you can trust me when I say that they deserve a round of applause and appreciation.
I continue to monitor the progress of our situation every day. As some states begin to relax some of their stay at home restrictions, it’s easy to imagine being back in operation before too many more weeks go by. For our faith community, our paramount concern is health and safety. Please know that we will continue to practice good social distancing as long as necessary, and we will continue to offer our enhanced online services for those who might still feel safer at home. As much as we miss you all, we are going to err on the side of protecting the health and well-being of our members and friends.
Yours in Grace,